Love Aroma Christmas Collection

I have done a post on Love Aroma before ( and wanted to show you a couple of their Christmas releases. I think Love Aroma is such a fab company…they sell candles and other home fragrances and when you receive your goods, they come beautifully packaged and are even scented with fragrance (there is even a card telling you what fragrance your package is scented with!). Here are a few of my favourites…

The Scented Home Warm Winter Punch Scented Pomander by Ashleigh & Burwood £9.99


If I had to package a scent up and call it Christmas, this scent would so be it! It has hints of Orange, Cinnamon, Clove and Black Pepper and smells so so amazing, I wish I had a smell-o-blog and you could actually smell it as it truly is that gorgeous. The metal pomander has cute little stars cut out of it and is sealed with a cream bow ribbon, which you can also use to hang the pomander up.


The pomander contains fragranced wooden balls, but these can be taken out and replaced with new ones when the fragrance runs out, usually after around three months. It is such a warming, comforting fragrance and would be a perfect gift as it comes wonderfully packaged in a gift box. If you can’t bare to part with it, the pomander will look beautiful hung on your Christmas tree or around the home.


Stoneglow Winter Snow Topped Candle Tin £9

Argghhhh this is super pretty! This stunning candle is adorned with snowflakes on the outside of the tin and once inside you will see a gorgeous snowy scene, created from wax, with lots of sparkle (which unfortunately you cannot see in my picture as I only have a camera phone and not some amazing kick-ass camera – Santa please?).


I don’t know how it is done, but the top of the candle really looks and feels like crumbling snow. It has a burn time of around 30 hours, which is amazing for quite a small tin. The scent combines indulgent, sensual sandalwood and exotic amber enriched with creamy vanilla and rich balsamic notes and is truly sensational. I definitely cannot choose whether this is my favourite scent or the Pomander is. They are both totally different but equally as festive. Again, this would make another gorgeous gift, either for yourself or a loved one.


Lily Flame Foodie Mini Tins £18


I have had Lily Flame candles before and I love them, the scents are gorgeous and so different to many other candle brands around. This little set contains three mini tins, and includes the fragrance Mellow Figs & Garden Mint which smells incredibly light and fresh and not at all ‘minty’ in the Polo sense.


The next fragrance is Pink Grapefruit which is totally refreshing and zingy and lastly Mango Fandango (love the name!) which is sweetly scented and does smell of mango but also has a hint of something else, which uselessly I am not sure what it is haha!


This is a great little set perfect for teenagers or friends and can also be taken away with you as they are the perfect travel sized tins.

What are your favourite festive scents?

Check out these beautiful home fragrance gifts and a whole lot more at

Kathryn xxx

Christmas Tag Post

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?

I love Miracle on 34th Street and the Home Alone films, as well as Eloise at Christmastime. Generally just really traditional Christmas movies.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Definitely Christmas morning. I tend to open my sack first which is usually stocking fillers. It is a pillow case which my Aunty made me when I was little and it says, ‘Dear Santa, Kathryn has been a very good girl this year”. Haha Obviously!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

As some of you may know, or not know, my Mum died when I was 17 and so all of my childhood Christmases were really good as they remind me of my Mum. Although one year I really wanted an electronic typewriter and my Mum said they couldn’t afford one, but when I woke up on Christmas Day there was one under the tree.

4. Favourite festive food?

Definitely roast potatoes in duck fat! Although I love Christmas breakfast, a good English fry up, with champagne and fresh orange to drink. We always have a gammon joint on Boxing Day which is one of my favourites too.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?

Probably the typewriter! Although one year I had told my Mum that I wanted a few little bits and she bought me literally the tiniest teddy bear ornament I had ever seen, the size of my fingernail. So that was cute. Also, my Goddaughter’s Mum, Nickie always gets me really thoughtful presents, personalised gifts from the kids, which I love.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

Cinnamon! I love the really strong Christmassy festive scents. Not a clue what they’re actually called but most people find them a bit pongy.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Until this year, I have always spent Christmas with my Mum’s family, as Dad goes to his partner Jan’s family’s for the day. This year however, as I am living with my boyfriend James, I am not sure what we will have planned. I normally like to go out for lunch, or a bit of shopping or a Christmas film/cinema trip.

8. What tops your tree?

Again, with me now living with James, I will be making new traditions. Our tree is going to have a silver rattan glittery star on the top of it this year.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

I don’t think I have ever asked for anything extravagant, although my Dad would probably disagree haha! I used to always want like half of the Argos catalogue as a kid though!

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

To be totally honest, I actually really dislike Christmas day since my Mum died, but I really enjoy the build up to Christmas, people tend to be more sociable, and happier. I love that people you haven’t heard from in a while will send a card or ask to meet up. I love the traditional, simple things about Christmas.

Superdrug Christmas Gift Picks

I was going to start by saying ‘Sorry, I know it is ages away, but….’ And to be honest I am not sorry it is a couple of months ago, Christmas is on it’s way and I am planning my gift giving already so that I can relax and enjoy the wonderful things about the festive period rather than rushing around shopping, giving myself a headache over what to buy people. I am going to have a series of Gift Guide posts coming to The Kats Paws over the next few weeks, so that, like me, you can chill out throughout December rather than having a stress-out. I am starting my Gift Guide with Superdrug, they have some gorgeous products out this year for Women, Men, Girls and Boys and here are a few of my faves.

MakeUp Revolution Pro Makeup Collection £25


I imagine this will be on a LOT of Christmas lists this year – MakeUp Revolution is such a popular cosmetics brand, with plenty of great quality and great value.


This fabulous set contains an Exclusive Redemption Eyeshadow Palette, a Face Contour Kit, 3 Nail Polishes, 2 Sheer Lip Gloss Tubes, a Mirror, another Lip Gloss, an Eyeliner, a Glitter Eyeliner and a Kohl Eyeliner. Basically every product a girl needs to make herself look extra special.

Sweet Snuggles Hot Water Bottle £14


Who doesn’t love a hot water bottle?! I often have a hot water bottle nearby as I suffer from really bad stomach pains and so this is not only good for keeping you warm, hot water bottles are fab for bad backs, period pains etc too.


This snuggly hot water bottle looks like a little pyjama top wrapped around the hot water bottle itself and is a lovely gift for someone who may be poorly or for simply keeping you warm.

Bullion Inc Eau De Toilette & Shower Gel Set £10


Fragrance can cost an absolute fortune and for those of you who are on a budget, this men’s gift set contains Bullion Inc, a rich and masculine fragrance of spicy black pepper and cedarwood layered over bold accents of sage, oakmoss and amber.


It also contains a shower gel and so is perfect for a teenage boy who may just be starting out with fragrance or for a boyfriend or stylish Dad!

Flutter Nail Files £5


Another girly essentials, these pretty nail files come in a little zip-up pocket and are a great stocking filler gift. I am forever losing nail files and this pack of three are handy to pop in your bag without misplacing one.

Flutter Bath Fizzer £3


Another gorgeous gift from the Flutter range, this bath fizzer with pretty iridescent packaging is a good price point and will go down a storm in any girl’s stocking. I love bath bombs and they can so so expensive – this one is great value and pretty to boot. It is delicately fragranced too so that it won’t irritate sensitive skin either.

Flutter Compact Mirror £4.50


My last choice from the Flutter range, and in fact the Superdrug range as a whole is this beautiful double-sided compact mirror with standard and magnifying mirrors.


The colours are really delicate and girly pastel shades and again is a great priced product and perfect for popping into a handbag or schoolbag.

If you hurry, Superdrug currently have some great offers on these gifts and a lot more. Check them out at


Kathryn xxx

The Body Shop Christmas Gift Guide

The Body Shop never fail to amaze with their Christmas Gift Collections and I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you all….

Modern Gent’s Shaving Kit £25


Brothers, Dads, Boyfriends and Grandads are all so so so hard to buy for in my opinion and this fabulous tinned gift includes expert shaving care products including shave cream and razor relief cream and a beautiful shaving brush.


This one will definitely be going into my Dad’s stocking.

Polar Bear Sponge £4

I fell in love with this little guy as soon as I saw him – everyone needs a sponge, and a festive polar bear sponge is certainly the best kind!


This is a fab item as a stocking filler or purely for yourself – this one will be making an appearance in my bathroom for sure!

Lip and Cheek Doll £10

I am loving all of the character products that have made an appearance this Christmas and this cute little doll cosmetic gift is perfect for girls of all ages.


It is a little like a nail polish bottle and contains The Body Shop’s iconic lip and cheek stain in a festive red shade, which gives a natural-looking, rosy winter glow. Perfect for those Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.

Strawberry Festive Picks £17


I think the Strawberry scent is one of The Body Shop’s most iconic fragrances and I have never smelt another strawberry product that ever smells as real as The Body Shop’s.


This gorgeous gift set includes shower gel, body butter, soap and body polish, all in that unique amazing strawberry scent. Give this sweet-smelling gift to a friend and get them in tip-top shape for the New Year.


Candy Kisses £15


Another cutely-packaged gift, this candy cane contains five yummy-scented lip butters. I love The Body Shop’s lip butters, they keep my lips incredibly soft as well as smelling divine and this gift will be perfect for all of your girlfriends, or you could split it up and give each lip butter as a stocking filler.


What is your favourite Christmas Gift from The Body Shop’s festive range? Check the collection out at


Kathryn xxx

Albee Virtuosa Pro Styler


I recently discovered these amazing hair straighteners and just had to share them with you! Now it’s not secret that GHD are one of the biggest names in hair straighteners – I myself have used them for years but Albee Virtuosa have brought out something revolutionary that has certainly changed the way I use hair straighteners.


They have a handle within the straighteners that make it SO SO SO easy (yes, really, that easy!!!) and quick to straighten your hair. There’s no burning fingers, no awkward handling, just quick, smooth and easy straightening.


Here are some pointers;

* Titanium plates with plate alignment technology for quicker and safer heat up time

* Floating plate technology to allow for more precise styling, as well as tight curls

* Unique fibre setting for synthetic hair – I don’t use hair extensions but I have done in the past and my GHDs shrivelled them to pieces

* Auto shut off feature, so no last minute scares when you’re out and about


I don’t have curly hair but it does get a bit frizzy and wild from time to time and so I do need to use straighteners and these literally took me minutes to do my whole head of hair. I absolutely love the special handle which is something I haven’t seen on straighteners before and really do recommend you popping these on your Christmas list! They left my hair smooth and frizz free and I can’t wait to use them to make curls this upcoming party season.


Excuse the no make-up by the way, I had just gotten out of the shower.

The Pro Styler is available at for £89.99 and comes with its very own velvety pouch for travelling too.


Kathryn xx

Barry M Glamour Puss Eye & Cheek Palette

We were recently sent an eyeshadow palette from Barry M full of festive, glittery goodness which we loved so much that we had to purchase another one to avoid a Kat(Paws) fight!


I’ve never tried out Barry M make-up products, but am a huge fan of their nail varnishes, as they come in so many colours and styles and i find the consistency easy to apply and long lasting, so was eager to give these eyeshadows a try!

At the moment, I am obsessed with different make-up looks, and have been watching numerous vlogger’s tutorials on how to do them perfectly, in particular Tanya Burr!
SO this palette was a very welcomed addition to my ever growing collection- and I have literally used it every day since receiving it!

The neutral tones are perfect for both day and night, featuring a creamy nude colour, which have been using all over the eyelid before adding the extra colours. Joining the cream is a gorgeous grey/blue colour, a jewelled berry colour which is VERY in right now, a dark green emerald hue, a browny bronze (which is my favourite for every day use) and a dark smokey charcoal colour- perfect for nights out.


As I say, I have been using the creamy colour all over the lid, before blending the days chosen colour on the outer half of my eye, blending it in and focusing on adding more definition into the crease. I’ve found that using a different eyeshadow and blending brush is better to use than the sponge applicators too.

Alongside that is a pink blusher, which i have been using alongside a Bobbi Brown bronzer just on the apples of my cheeks for a healthy looking glow.

This set is perfect for girls wanting to try out a variety of colours or just likes to mix and match on a day to day basis!

The pigmentation is great and the colours are festive, sparkly and can be used for an variety of occasions!

I absolutely love it, and I’m sure you will too! They’re available from Barry M stockists or online at, for a cheap as chips price of £6.49!

Emily xxx


Christmas Stocking Fillers


I personally am SO glad its that festive time of year. Much to my colleague’s annoyance, I have already been belting out Let It Snow and Jingle Bells, organising the Christmas work lunch, and also organising my work to take part in National Christmas Jumper Day, which is on Friday 13th December in aid of Save The Children.

This post is to give you some ideas for gifts this year. There are SO many sales on already, and such a choice of things to buy its making my head spin! So, here they are, some of our favourites…

Below, we have…

1: Anatomicals Face Masks – This pack is a set of three, in fun bright comical packaging, and at only £3 per pack, they are great to give the friend who’s definitely going to be suffering from a hang over on Christmas Day.

2: Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Face Mask – Christmas is a very stressful time of year and there’s nothing better than layering on a luxurious face mask, laying in a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine. Heaven is cheap at £29.99 for 50ml.

3: Yankee Candles Samplers – £1.75 each. Surely EVERYONE loves Yankee Candles, and they come in such a variety of fragrances. I love to get the samplers as then I can try them all and decide which are my favourites. I have opted for seasonal fragrances – Sugared Apple, Home Sweet Home and Apple & Pine Needle.

4: Faith In Nature Skin Care Minis Pack – One of the things that suffers the most in winter is our skin, and this nifty little set (£12.99) includes a hand cream, an intensive moisturising cream and a replenishing moisturising cream, packaged in a fresh green gift bag.

5: Naisture Collagen Mask – These come in packs of 5 for £10 and are soooooooo refreshing and really give your skin a boost. perfect gift for teenage girls or stressed out Mums!


Next up we have a few party prep essentials…

1: Kiss Everlash MD Serum – I shall be doing a review on this soon. It is an innovative blend of peptides, nucleotides and vitamins to help lashes appear longer and healthier.

2: Barry M Glamour Puss Eye Shadow & Blush Palette – For only £6.49 you get seven sparkly eyeshadows, a gorgeous pink blusher and two double ended sponge applicators.

3: Primark Pink Hairbrush – At only £1, this is a must for every girl’s stocking. Gently tease it through the roots of your hair to give it an instant boost. Or carry on until you resemble Cher. Either or.

4: Paul Mitchell You Look Skinny Today Gift Set – If it’s multi-coloured and sparkly, it’s already won me over, but this gift looks amazing and is very practical too. Inside you receive a full size shampoo, conditioner and serum. £28 per set.


Nails and eyelashes are BIG business all year round, and so for this time of year, let’s go a little more sparkly, a little more daring and a whole lotta sexy….

1: Kiss Peacock Feather Nail Wraps – At £2.99 per pack, these are definitely a cheaper, but no less effective method than going to a salon and spending £30 on having Minx done.

2: Elegant Touch Purple Glitter Press On Nails – The glitter density on these nails is without doubt the best I have seen on press on nails before, it has different shades of lilacs, pinks and purples in to give it a 3D effect. £7.10 per pack.

3: imPRESS Stick On Nails – These require no glue, and have pre-glued sticky patches on, which all you need to do is peel the thin layer off, press on and off you go! Perfect for those last minute parties. I chose Over the Moon (£8.99) which is a pink and purple leopard effect.

4: House Of Holland Press On Nails in Polka Dot It – House of Holland’s nail range is definitely not for shy girls, its for girls who like it loud and proud. These amazing monochrome nails have 3D acrylic dots on them to give that ultimate wow factor. £9 per pack, and these are available in so much funky designs and patterns, definitely worth a look.

5: Kiss Haute Couture Double Pack Lashes – At a bargain price of £8.99 for a pack of TWO, not just ONE, TWO, these lashes are for those looking for a sexy, sultry effect. Wear these and you will definitely be puckering up under the mistletoe.

6: Elegant Touch Little Mix Perrie Press On Nails – Amongst young girls, Little Mix are big news! They have collaborated with Elegant Touch and each girl has brought out nails in her favourite design. I chose Perrie (maybe cos I think that if I have nails like her, I might also get engaged to a member of One Direction) and her design is a blue, purple, green glittered, starry, galaxy, night sky effect. Basically I cannot sum the actual design up, but however you want to describe the, they’re definitely glitzy. (£6)

7: Elegant Touch Envy Wraps Bling – As mentioned previously, nail wraps are so much cheaper to do in the comfort of your own home, and at £5 these are no exception. You do not need to be a nail technician to be able to apply these kinds of products you simply clean the base of the nail, ensure that it is dry, and rub over the wrap until it is nice and secure on your nail. As an extra tip, I find they are easier to work with if you heat each one up with a blast of the hairdryer before hand.


Gifts for the teens, or those young at heart (Emily 🙂 )

1: Handmade Gingerbread Family – My friend Amy Kershaw handmade these and I think they are just the cutest! Mummy Gingerbread with her apron on, Daddy Gingerbread with his bowtie on and Baby Gingerbread with a cute heart. I often think handmade gifts can be so much better than store bought gifts as you know someone has spent their own time and effort into making you something.

2: One Direction Book – This is the latest book from the boys. Myself and Emily change our minds every week on who is our favourite. At work we got Emily a One Direction mug as one of her birthday presents and I’m pretty sure that every couple of days it has turned round to a different boy. Anyway, you can snap this up for just £7 and young girls, and older ones will love flicking through the stunning pictures and learning more about this boy band phenomenon.
(Note from Emily: just to inform you, it’s Liam all the way at the minute! When did he get so hot?!)

3: Lipsmacker Lip Balm – My love affair with Lipsmacker started when I first went to Florida in 1999. They were in all the drugstores over there and came in a variety of flavours, themes and colours. The latest theme they have produced is a Disney theme – who doesn’t love Disney right? This particular Lipsmacker has Daisy Duck on and has a pretty sweet smell. Lipsmackers are great lip balms, and as well as looking pretty and smelling pretty, they leave lips soft and protected. Again, a perfect cheaper priced stocking filler.

4: Anatomicals Snog Me Senseless Mints – This super cute tin of mints will keep your breath fresh for when that mistletoe is lurking around, or in my case on the top of my head boppers ready to pounce into action at any time. A cute, fun and well priced gift at just £1.55.

5: booRah Purple Watch – We had this sent for my Goddaughter Willow to try out. She has been nattering on for ages that she would like a watch, and luckily purple is one of her favourite colours too. This watch is priced at £20 and is available in a range of boy and girl friendly colours. It comes in its own special case and the sizing is great as it will fit a tiny wrist and will still fit as the child grows, with a generous fit.


Ready-Made Gift Bags are great for those last minute presents, or for keeping stock of in case you get that dreaded moment when someone brings you a present and you didn’t realise you were exchanging gifts…

1: L’Occitane My Little Spa – At £18 this isn’t the cheapest of miniature sets but L’Occitane is a very well known brand in the skincare world and for a little bit of luxury this is perfect. This kit includes, Aroma Repairing Shampoo 75ml, Aroma Repairing Conditioner 75ml, Lavender Foaming Bath 100ml, Lavender Fizzy Bath Pebble 50g, Shea Butter Hand Cream 10ml and Shea Butter Foot Cream, all presented in a pretty waterproof cosmetic bag. Perfect for those who travel a lot, or for introducing someone to the brand.

2: Dove Cherish Gift Set – This gift set is priced lower than the L’Occitane one at just £6, but Dove is also a brand that everyone recognises for softness and reliability. Included in this set is, Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Anti-Perspirant 35ml, Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla 55ml, Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Lotion in Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla 50ml and a shower lily, all encased in a shimmering gold and cream make up bag. If you hurry, the Dove gift sets are 3 for 2 in many supermarkets and chemists at the moment.


Getting Ready To Party….Gifts for ourselves perhaps – just in time to look your best for those glam Christmas parties.

1: Nails Inc Nail Polish – The shade name is The Boltons and to be honest I don’t have a clue why….Anyhoo, it is a deep, rich, metallic red, very festive and perfect for this time of year. It can be worn alone or with a glitter top coat. I am definitely going to give this a whirl with the Nails Inc Snowflake top coat. I think this look will match my outfit for National Christmas Jumper Day really well. Nails Inc polishes are a little more than average priced at £11, but the effects and longevity are definitely worth it.

2: Fake Bake Tinted Body Glow – Surely no one wants a tangerine glow at this time of year, and so Fake Bake have produced this tinted body glow, which gives a healthy looking sheen to the skin, and is perfect for last minute applications. At £6, this luxury branded product is well worth the dosh.

3: Fake Bake Face Polish – As mentioned previously, this harsh cold weather really takes its toll on our skin and this product works as a great exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, leaving the way for the new skin cells to grow. Which, in turn will leave you with a healthy glow, rather than a red nosed, red cheeked flushed mess. (£8)

4: Body Shop The Sparkler – This is such a pretty product for any bedroom, with it’s vintage style bottle. The colour I chose is Boudoir Pink, a pale pink (obviously) silvery shimmer. This can be used all over, wherever you want an added bit of glitz and glamour, or literally all over if you would like to resemble a disco ball. Some shimmer and glitter powders rarely stay on the skin, but this one really lasts the night. A little pricey at £15, but as with most glitters/shimmers, a little goes a long way.

5: St Tropez instant Tan – Another last minute self tanning product, and again with a reliable, well known name. St Tropez has been around for years and has continued to be one of the top selling self tanning agents around. You can’t argue with popularity and longevity. If it’s good enough for Victoria Beckham, then layer it on me! £10 a tube.

6: Lipcote – This is THE original lip sealer, your mum probably had one of these, and probably your nanna too. It is one of THE British beauty classics and with over 100 uses per bottle at £3.69, it is an extremely tiny amount of cost per use. (Sorry, it is late and I am not working that one out without the use of a calculator). Keep your lips looking kissable with this lipstick sealer which gives staying power, even when the rest of you was ready for home about an hour ago.


And finally, a few other bits and pieces to fill out those stockings…

1: New Look Large Clutch Bag (£19.99)- Every girl needs a clutch bag, and there are some beautiful tiny ones out there but unfortunately they won’t even fit an iphone in them…us girls come with a lot of baggage these days and this on trend clutch bag will fit the lot in, cigarettes, smart phone, money, cards, keys, chewing gum, lipstick, lipgloss, eyeliner, bobble, brush, lollipops, the cat, the kitchen sink, the LOT. It also looks good down your side in photos if you forget your control pants!

2: Paperchase London Sticky Notes Set – Emily and I LOVE stationery….and we LOVE Paperchase and so this is a combination of the two, making it utter perfection. Perfect for those who are forgetful, or those who work in an office or for those studying for exams. Approximately £5. Many other styles and designs available.

3: Floral Notebook – This beautiful floral notebook has pink tiny roses on and is perfect for carrying about in your handbag to jot down shopping lists, or to do lists, or even boys numbers.

4: Paperchase Compact Floral Diary – There are so many BEAUTIFULLY AMAZINGLY PERFECT PRETTIFUL diaries at Paperchase, I simply refuse to go elsewhere. Everyone needs (or should need) a diary, and Paperchase make practicality pretty with this cute floral diary at just £4.50.


We know there are so many great deals out there, please let us know if you find an extra special one, and also if you have any fab stocking filler ideas to share with us.

Festive Love

Kathryn and Emily x x x